Pitta

(Fire & Water)

Made up of fire and water. The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PITTA

Pittas literally have more fire in them than other types. They have good metabolism and strong bodies.

When balanced – Pitta types  sleep soundly for short periods of time, have abundant energy, and a strong appetite. They are productive and good mannered.

When imbalanced – Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.

EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PITTA

Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate.

When balanced – Pitta types are good decision makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken. They are ambitious yet practical and love both adventure and challenges.

When imbalanced – Pitta types can be short-tempered, argumentative and have frequent emotional outbursts.

When they feel overwhelmed or stressed, their response is to blame others and the ask “What did you do wrong?”

HOW TO BALANCE PITTA

1. Follow the dietary guidelines in the diet below.

2. Try to wake before 6am and sleep before 10pm.

3. Immediately after rising have a cup of hot water with the juice of ½ lemon added.

4. Practice theI-Yoga Sun Salutation every morning and the I-Yoga Moon Salutation every evening. Initially complete 6 cycles and build yourself up to 12 cycles.

5. You need to eat breakfast before 8am. Most suitable breakfast for you is a fruit smoothie with fruits from the list below. Use a variety of different combinations every day. Avoid caffeine – you may have Redbush tea or Liquorice Tea as alternatives to coffee and tea.

6. Ensure that the water used to bath or shower is lukewarm or tepid. Never use very hot water.

7. Participate in a group activity, like a team sport, team rowing, or join a book club to promote cooperation.

8. To completely relax go find a natural area where you are able to go hiking. An area close to water – sea, lake, stream or pond would be ideal. You should swim regularly for exercise.

9. The colours that we wear have an effect on our mood. Colours that help balance Pitta are blues and greens.

10. Avoid situations of excessive heat, steam, or humidity and take plenty of fluids if exposed to these. Avoid saunas, steam rooms, sunbathing hot tubs and hot yoga.

11. Be considerate and patient with others.

12. Have soothing massages and treatments regularly like the Marma P Body Ritual. You make also require the Prana Back Detox during summer months as this area can be affected due to heat.

13. Engage in quiet and contemplative activities like guided meditation.

14. Pitta skin is prone to breakouts and inflammation. We recommend the following routine.

Active Face Cleanser Gel – use this daily – morning and evening to deep cleanse pitaskin.

Buttermilk Cleanser – Use this to clean around eye area and to remove makeup.

Active Face Hydrate Gel – use this daily – morning and evening after cleansing face to hydrate skin.

Rejuvenating Eye Cream – use this daily – morning and evening around the eye area.

Detox Face Mask – use this twice weekly as directed on bottle. This mask deeply detoxifying and purifying.Dab small amounts on spots and leave overnight for an effective spot treatment.

Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum – for those who feel the need for anti-aging therapy. Add a few drops of this serum to your Rejuvenating Face Cream and massage onto face and neck.

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PITTA DIET PLAN

The best foods for Pittas are cool or warm, with moderately heavy texture.

They need to avoid steaming hot foods.

Have more  cool, refreshing food in summer or hot weather, like salads, milk, and ice cream.

Herbal teas specifically mint or liquorice root tea are ver good for Pitta types.

Vegetarian foods, in general, are the best for Pittas, as consuming red meat tends to cause internal heat.

Use less butter and added fat, and they should avoid pickles, sour cream, and cheese.

Avoid vinegar in salad dressing and use lemon juice instead.

Avoid alcoholic and fermented foods.

Reduce coffee.

Pitta Food Plan

These guidelines can be used to balance pitta mind-body constitutions and to keep them healthy.

BEST VEGETABLES

Sweet and bitter vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green beans, green (sweet) peppers, leafy green vegetables, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, parsley, peas, potatoes, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrot, and spinach.

VEGETABLES IN MODERATION

Eggplant, onion, tomatoes, hot peppers, chilies, and beets.

BEST FRUITS

Bananas, avocados, cherries, coconuts, figs, mangoes, melons, oranges, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, and raisins.

FRUITS TO REDUCE

Apricot, apples, berries, sour cherries, grapefruit, raw papaya, dark grapes, peaches, persimmon, and pineapples.
Note: Fruits should be sweet and ripe; avoid fruits that come to market sour or unripe. Also avoid green grapes, oranges, pineapple, and plum unless they are sweet and ripe.

FAVORABLE GRAINS

Barley, oats, wheat, and white rice (preferably basmati).

GRAINS TO REDUCE

Brown rice, corn, millet, and rye.

BEST DAIRY

Butter, egg whites, ghee (clarified butter), milk, and fruit sorbets (not sour).

DAIRY TO REDUCE

Cheese, sour yogurt, sour buttermilk, egg yolk, sour cream, and ice cream.

BEST MEATS

Chicken, turkey and river fish ( in small amounts).

MEATS TO REDUCE

Red meat and seafood in general.

BEST LEGUMES (BEANS & LENTILS)

Chickpeas, mung beans, red lentils, tofu and other soybean products (not fermented).

LEGUMES TO REDUCE

Black gram, black lentils, and Arhar Dal.

BEST OILS

Olive, soy, sunflower, and grapeseed oil.

OILS TO REDUCE

Almond, corn, safflower, sesame, and coconut oil.

BEST NUTS & SEEDS

Coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds.

BEST SWEETENERS

All are acceptable except honey and molasses.

HERBS AND SPICES

Most spice should be avoided as they are too heating. The following are OK for Pittas in small amounts: Cardamom, cilantro (green coriander), cinnamon, coriander seed, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric, cumin, and black pepper.